Stellenbosch University is committed to being a responsible steward of the environment and has, as such, set specific environmental goals as part of its ecological sustainability strategy. Specific goals can be found in the University’s Environmental Sustainability Plan. Water and energy usage, the rate of waste recycling, and biodiversity management are measured against this plan on an ongoing basis.
South Africa is in part of the 20% driest countries in the world and Stellenbosch University is committed to doing its part to conserve water. Some strategies that have been adopted on campus include installing water saving equipment in showers, taps and toilets; planting water-hardy plant species; reusing grey water wherever possible; and collecting rainwater to use where possible.
Electricity is the main source of energy at Stellenbosch University and the University has implemented many initiatives to conserve energy including installing motion-sensitive and energy-saving light bulbs in some buildings, implementing energy-saving cooling systems, and using vegetation as natural heat screens. The University is also exploring renewable energy sources.
Stellenbosch University is situated in the heart of the Cape Floristic Region and is committed to protecting the rare and endemic plant species characteristic of this region. The University has specific goals regarding biodiversity and has implemented many programmes thus far, including continuously eradicating invasive plant species on all campuses, planting indigenous plant species on campuses, and erecting owl and bat boxes on campus. The University acts in partnership with the Department of Forestry and Wood Science to conserve the mountain region surrounding Stellenbosch campus.